A taste of French flavours

The Star Malaysia - Star2 - - HIGHER EDUCATION -

THE Asian Food Chan­nel (AFC), which is part of the Scripps Net­works fam­ily of life­style net­works, and BER­JAYA Univer­sity Col­lege of Hos­pi­tal­ity (BER­JAYA UCH) were proud to bring Sin­ga­pore-based Bel­gian chef Gun­ther Hubrech­sen to Malaysia for French Flavours with Gun­ther Hubrech­sen.

On Jan 23 and 24, chef Hubrech­sen en­ticed food lovers with an ar­ray of de­li­cious French fare in a se­ries of in­ti­mate din­ners with demon­stra­tions.

Chef Hubrech­sen be­gan his pro­fes­sional culi­nary train­ing in Bel­gium at the age of 16 at Bruges Culi­nary In­sti­tute Voor Voed­ing (IVV), Ter Groene Poorte.

Af­ter grad­u­at­ing, he worked his way up the ranks in sev­eral renowned restau­rants, in­clud­ing Le Bou­quet and Restau­rant Gravin van Buren in Bel­gium and at three-Miche­lin­starred restau­rant L’Ar­pège in Paris, where he trained for five years un­der the men­tor­ship of chef Alain Pas­sard.

In 2002, chef Hubrech­sen moved to Sin­ga­pore where he worked for well-known restau­rant group Les Amis.

In 2007, he col­lab­o­rated with the Garibaldi Group of Restau­rants to open his own restau­rant, aptly named Gun­ther’s Restau­rant.

Since the restau­rant open­ing, it has won nu­mer­ous ac­co­lades, in­clud­ing be­ing named Asia’s Top 10 Restau­rants in 2009/2010 edi­tion of The Miele Guide.

Scripps Net­works In­ter­ac­tive, Asia Pa­cific man­ag­ing di­rec­tor Derek Chang says, “We are thrilled to be work­ing with BER­JAYA UCH to bring chef Gun­ther Hubrech­sen to Malaysia. Chef Gun­ther is highly re­garded within his field and I am con­fi­dent that he will im­press at the events in Malaysia.

“Such events fur­ther re­in­force AFC’s unique po­si­tion within the broad­cast­ing in­dus­try as a lead­ing food au­thor­ity in Asia. We look for­ward to bring­ing more unique culi­nary events to our view­ers in Malaysia and re­gion­ally.”

BER­JAYA UCH chief op­er­at­ing of­fi­cer Mae Ho said, “We are ex­cited to part­ner with AFC again for this celebrity chef event show­cas­ing the ta­lented chef Gun­ther Hubrech­sen. BER­JAYA UCH prides it­self in pro­vid­ing dy­namic culi­nary op­por­tu­ni­ties and ex­pe­ri­ences to our stu­dents and part­ners.

“We see a great syn­ergy be­tween AFC and BER­JAYA UCH and look for­ward to en­joy­ing more up­com­ing din­ing events to­gether.”

The lo­cal events were held at Sam­plings on the Four­teenth, lo­cated within the in­ter­na­tion­ally known culi­nary school, BER­JAYA UCH. Stu­dents of BER­JAYA UCH were for­tu­nate to work with chef Hubrech­sen to pre­pare the din­ner, which fea­tured de­li­cious of­fer­ings such a Cold An­gel Hair Pasta, Sevruga Caviar, crispy egg, pump­kin coulis, Black Truf­fle Lob­ster dish served with fresh tomato sauce

BER­JAYA UCH prides it­self in pro­vid­ing dy­namic culi­nary op­por­tu­ni­ties and ex­pe­ri­ences to our stu­dents and part­ners.

and pi­laf rice, Grilled Wagyu Beef with sweet corn and a fine Ap­ple Tart “à la dragées” with Vanilla Ice-cream.

Veg­e­tar­ian op­tions in­cluded Tem­pura of Onion with Fresh Tomato Sauce Gratin of Po­tato and wild mush­room.

French Flavours with Gun­ther Hubrech­sen fol­lows a se­ries of suc­cess­ful chefs events AFC has held re­gion­ally in Asia, fea­tur­ing world­class tal­ents such as Anna Ol­son, Martin Yan, Aaron Craze and most re­cently, Sean Con­nolly.

Th­ese BER­JAYA UCH events en­gage the ser­vices of in­dus­try pro­fes­sion­als so stu­dents gain knowl­edge from real-life work ex­pe­ri­ences, which they would not oth­er­wise learn from con­ven­tional modes of teach­ing.

This plat­form, known as BER­JAYA Im­mer­sion Method­ol­ogy, of­fers an al­ter­na­tive ap­proach to ed­u­ca­tion where the­ory is ap­plied in a prac­ti­cal set­ting.

“The knowl­edge that th­ese in­dus­try pro­fes­sion­als bring into the class­room can­not be com­pared to the­o­ret­i­cal classes.

“The in­ter­ac­tive demon­stra­tions fos­ter ac­tive en­gage­ment through stu­dent par­tic­i­pa­tion.

“Our stu­dents en­joyed the high lev­els of en­gage­ment through events such as th­ese. The ap­pli­ca­tion of the­ory in a prac­ti­cal set­ting through the BER­JAYA Im­mer­sion Method­ol­ogy of­fers an al­ter­na­tive ap­proach to ed­u­ca­tion,” Ho adds.

About BER­JAYA Univer­sity Col­lege of Hos­pi­tal­ity

BER­JAYA UCH, Malaysia’s pre­mier univer­sity col­lege, of­fi­cially opened its doors to its in­au­gu­ral in­take of stu­dents in Jan­uary 2009.

It of­fers pro­grammes re­lated to culi­nary arts, hos­pi­tal­ity, tourism and travel, events and re­tail man­age­ment. The city cam­pus, sit­u­ated in the golden tri­an­gle on the 11th and 14th floors of BER­JAYA Times Square, is con­cep­tu­ally de­signed with a five-star ho­tel am­bi­ence, equipped with the most com­pre­hen­sive and ad­vanced fa­cil­i­ties that mir­ror the real world.

For more de­tails on BER­JAYA UCH, visit www.ber­jaya.edu.my

Stu­dents of BER­JAYA UCH pos­ing with chef Gun­ther Hubrech­sen.

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